College of Health and Human Sciences
The applied exercise and health major is a comprehensive and structured curriculum that supplies students with the knowledge and practical experience to become leading professionals in the field of health and fitness. It is a cooperative educational program housed in the Department of Health & Kinesiology with support from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Division of Recreational Sports and surrounding community organizations dedicated to promoting health and physical activity in all populations including children, adults and seniors.
The goals of the program are to prepare students as entry-level exercise specialists through one of two concentrations – health exercise specialist or sport performance – and to prepare students to sit for and pass either the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist Exam or the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam. Some applied exercise and health students choose to pursue graduate or professional school (physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.).
Important note on selective review:
All students begin as pre-applied exercise and health majors; complete the first year of courses, including supervised practical work and then must apply for selection to either the health exercise specialist concentration or sport performance concentration. The program is selective, with approximately 30-35 students advancing to their second year in the health exercise specialist concentration and 10-15 students advancing to their second year in the sport performance concentration to complete the remaining three years of the program. Students not selected for either concentration work with their academic advisor to plan for an alternative major.